Talent pool awarded
By Glen Scott
KINGSCLIFF open swimming coach Greg Salter's stellar performances on the pool deck have resulted in him being named 2005 NSW Coach's Coach of the Year.
"It is really good to get that recognition and to receive it from other coaches throughout NSW who are at the top level is very pleasing," Salter said yesterday.
"I also received the same award back in 1995, so to get it again 10 years later is a good achievement."
Salter earned the accolade after a number of his charges stamped themselves as genuine contenders on the international stage.
Backstroker Tayliah Zimmer stood out at the world long course championships in Canada last year while Sophie Eddington, who has named NSW Swimmer of the Year, was a starring member of the all-conquering Australian women's swim team.
"Sophie is the primary reason I got the award, as well as the Kingscliff team's performance at the national long course championships in Sydney last year," Salter said.
"Sophie led off the winning 4x100m medley relay in the world short course championships in late 2004, and also won gold in the 4x100m medley relay at the world long course championships in Montreal.
"The performance of the Kingscliff team at last year's long course nationals was the other reason."
The Kingscliff team dominated the Australian championships, claiming nine of the 10 medals won by NSW contingent.
Salter will look to add to his impressive resume when the Commonwealth Games trials get underway in Melbourne later this month.
Seven Kingscliff swimmers will attend the trials in a bid to earn a place on the Australian team to compete at the Melbourne Games.
"I'll be taking three 15-year-old girls for the experience but the other four swimmers I consider genuine chances of being selected for the Games," Salter said.
The big four - Eddington, Zimmer, Hayden Stoeckel and Ethan Rolff - are all backstrokers and Salter was unsure whether it was by coincidence or design.
"It has just evolved that way," he said.
"You have to coach to the strength of the swimmer and what sort of swimmer the individual is.
"Because of the swimmers we have there is now a big focus on backstroke but I'll be developing other strokes with those swimmers in years to come to keep up that mental stimulus."
Salter has been with the Kingscliff Swimming Centre since 1991.